City to mark opening of new Jordan Marsh park
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for the new Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park.
The public is invited to attend on March 1 at 11 a.m. and officially celebrate the completion of the project, located at 790 Casa Ybel Road. The ceremony is being hosted by Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, Vice Mayor Mick Denham and Councilmembers Chauncey Goss, Jason Maughan and Holly Smith.
The park is accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
Its trails will be open immediately following the ribbon cutting.
“Sanibel has a legacy of not just advocating and educating on behalf of the environment and water quality, but also investing our own dollars into protecting the natural resources here on-island,” Ruane said. “Our Jordan Marsh Water Treatment Park is another investment we have made on behalf of the generations who are yet to experience the uniqueness of Sanibel.”
Construction on the project began in September.
The park is situated on six acres of city-owned land – known as the Jordan Marsh Preserve – and 1.3 acres of land on the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Tract.
The primary goals of the project are to improve water quality in the Sanibel Slough and help meet Florida’s water quality standards by achieving the Total Maximum Daily Load requirements.
Secondary goals are to enhance existing wildlife habitat on the site, provide recreational opportunities, and educate visitors to the park on the Best Management Practices used to improve water quality.
The project was funded through the South Florida Water Management District’s Cooperative Funding Program, plus monies from the Lee County community park impact fees and budgeted city funds.
Those planning to attend the ribbon cutting are encouraged to bike, hike or carpool.
There is no on-site parking at the park.
However, parking will be available at Sanibel Community Church, at 1740 Periwinkle Way; shuttle service will begin running at 10 a.m. In addition, the church is a 15-minute stroll from the park.